Queen Elizabeth II is the second-longest reigning monarch in British history, but after more than six decades, she is stepping back and handing over some royal duties to the next-in-line to the throne.
It’s a change in the way that the royal business is run to reflect the long understood reality:
the queen is 88 years old. She’s been delegating more and more of her duties to other royals — especially Prince Charles. And his people are beginning to take on more of the responsibility of running of things.
The queen has been winding down her public duties for several years. There are no known major health issues, but after 62 years on the job, 161 foreign visits and uncountable domestic appearances, there are a lot of miles on those royal tires.
Now it’s expected that the royal administrative arrangements will reflect how things really are. Instead of the queen and Prince Charles having separate public relations staffs, the palace’s powerful PR operation will be merged. One firm, one centralized group of image-makers, although the palace insists the queen is still the queen.
Roya Nikkhah, a royal commentator, said, “If anyone is driving this forward, it will be the queen being realistic about what she is and isn’t able to do at the age 88. I think Charles knows that he has to step up. The junior members of the royal family know they have to step up, too.”
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